Towards a global ethics: wishful thinking or a strategic necessity?

Alan Lawton, Leo Huberts, Zeger van der Wal

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    This concluding chapter builds on the individual chapters and adds a number of overarching topics to reflect upon. A number of developments in governance and society seem appropriate to take into account, including the involvement of different actors in the provision of public services. Ethical relativism is the view that ethical principles or judgements are relative to the individual or culture, and that it does not make sense, therefore, to pursue the goal of a universal ethics. Globalization can be defined as the opening up of international trade, foreign aid or reducing the sense of isolation. The study of global ethics is not, of course, limited to US and EU researchers and it would be informative to have a true global perspective on other issues. To explore unethical behaviour, fraud and corruption, but also virtues, good behaviour and how organizations can promote good government, seems crucial to progress in theory and practice on government and governance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEthics in Public Policy and Management
    Subtitle of host publicationA Global Research Companion
    EditorsAlan Lawton, Zeger van der Wal, Leo Huberts
    Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315856865
    ISBN (Print)9780415725286
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Lawton, A., Huberts, L., & Wal, Z. V. D. (2016). Towards a global ethics: wishful thinking or a strategic necessity? In A. Lawton, Z. van der Wal, & L. Huberts (Eds.), Ethics in Public Policy and Management: A Global Research Companion (1st ed., pp. 327-343). Routledge.